Christopher Liddell, Assistant to Trump, Director of the Strategic Initiatives Group
He is in the secretive Strategic Initiatives Group with Bannon, Kushner, Gorka, and Priebus. “The New Zealand-born Liddell served as CFO of Microsoft, International Paper, WME-IMG and General Motors. He also was executive director of Mitt Romney’s 2012 transition planning team.
The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is accusing a top White House official of potentially violating criminal conflict of interest laws by playing a role in meetings with major companies in which he also appeared to have held millions of dollars in stock.
The group filed its complaint Tuesday against Christopher Liddell, a former executive with Microsoft and General Motors who was appointed by President Donald Trump to be an assistant to the president and director of strategic initiatives. It said Liddell might have broken the law over three days in January and early February by participating in policy meetings between Trump and leaders from as many as 18 companies that he also had a financial interest in, including Ford Motor Co., Johnson & Johnson and GM.
In filing its complaint, the group cited Liddell’s certificate of divestiture forms, issued Feb. 9 by the Office of Government Ethics, which listed the companies he and his wife held stocks in through a trust.
But CREW noted that the White House meetings — which covered tax, regulatory, infrastructure and investment policies — took place on Jan. 23 and 24, as well as on Feb. 3, before his divestiture certificate came out. CREW said in its complaint that the timing discrepancy “strongly indicates Mr. Liddell still held stock in the companies at that point and had not divested his financial interests in these assets prior to his participation in the meetings.”
The group’s letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn asked him to determine whether a Justice Department investigation was necessary.” Politico
Sebastian “Seb” Gorka, Resigned August 25, 2017, National Security Aide, Deputy Assistant to Trump and on the Strategic Initiatives Group with Bannon & Kushner, Breitbart National Security Editor while working on Trump Campaign Wife Katherine Gorka appointed as Adviser to the DHS Chief of StaffThe HillRussiagate
Gary Cohn, Chief Economic Adviser, Kushner’s close associate, Goldman Sachs, Jewish, in conflict with Alt-Right faction in the White House.
What Jared’s Office Actually Does Politico “It didn’t help that the sweep of its briefing was almost comically broad, from upgrading federal government’s $82 billion worth of information technology, to spurring the creation of new jobs, changing how the country thinks about apprenticeships and “unleashing American business.” Not to mention working with sometimes-antagonist Chris Christie’s commission on tackling the United States’ opioid epidemic. (And all this while Kushner is also supposed to be tackling Middle Eastern peace.) ..tech CEOs who attended the summit—Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, IBM’s Ginni Rometty and more. It spurred the decision by the Veterans Administration to buy a new, multibillion-dollar computer system. And it had a hand in Trump’s executive order on apprenticeships, issued before the meeting. Its operational team consists of Kushner; Chris Liddell, a former chief financial officer of both Microsoft and General Motors; Reed Cordish, a former Baltimore real estate developer; and Matt Lira, a veteran Capitol Hill staffer. Liddell and Cordish share a West Wing office. Liddell has thus far focused mostly on the team’s federal IT modernization work, including the CEO summit. Cordish spends his time focused on workforce issues and upgrading the country’s physical infrastructure; according to White House officials, he’s helping to draft a major infrastructure bill that Trump is slated to propose this fall. (According to a salary list recently released by the White House, Kushner and Cordish are taking no salary, while Liddell opted for a salary of $30,000, the minimum required to get health insurance. Lira makes $115,000.) The office helped write the executive order on apprenticeships announced by Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta in mid-June. After consulting with Kushner’s team, said Shulkin, the VA would be ditching its decades-old electronic records system and adopting one just like the DoD has—without going through all the contracting rigamarole that often accompanies major federal tech projects.”
Dissolved after Trump failed to condemn White Supremacist violence in Charlottesville
Strategic and Policy Forum
Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!
“Several CEOs from a manufacturing council quit this week, following blowback over Trump’s remarks about racially charged violence in Virginia on Saturday.
Pressure to leave the groups has built following a press conference Trump held in New York Tuesday where he placed partial blame for the weekend violence on demonstrators protesting a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. A woman was killed during the event after a man rammed a car into a crowd.”While more than half a dozen CEOs have quit a manufacturing CEO group, others have said they wanted to stay on the panels in order to influence White House policy. The manufacturing council hasn’t met since February. The CEOs of Under Armour, Intel, Merck quit earlier this week. And on Wednesday, Inge Thulin, CEO of 3M left, as did Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison.” Bloomberg
Stephen Schwarzman — Cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Blackstone
“chaired by Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman,”the king of private equity”, who recruited the advisory committee’s members. They include the CEOs of General Motors, JPMorgan, and Walmart. For the first meeting, the council discussed tax and trade, regulation, infrastructure, women in the workforce, education, and immigration.
Indra Nooyi — Chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo
Nooyi, along with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, was assigned to the tax and trade topic for the first meeting.
The PepsiCo CEO found herself in a Trump-related fiasco following the election in November: In an interview with the New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, Nooyi — who supported Hillary Clinton — congratulated Trump on his victory but noted that many of her employees were crying the day after his election, with minorities wondering if they would be safe in his administration. This led to a couple of viral fake-news posts and an online call to boycott Pepsi.
Paul Atkins — CEO of Patomak Global Partners and former commissioner of the SEC “Atkins — as Trump’s lead regulation advisor, outside of the committee — led the discussion on regulation, along with GM’s Barra. Atkins was the Securities and Exchange Commission’s commissioner from 2002-2008, and is a vocal opponent of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, which scaled back risk-taking among America’s largest financial institutions in the wake of the financial crisis. Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would repeal the law, according to the Wall Street Journal.”
Doug McMillon — President and CEO of Walmart Stores
Mark Weinberger – CEO EYUK Careers/YouTube “Weinberger, along with fellow male CEO Doug McMillon, led the discussion of women in the workforce.”
Jamie Dimon — Chairman, president, and CEO of JPMorgan Chase
Mary Barra — Chairwoman and CEO of General Motors “Barra was put in charge of the topic of regulation, along with Patomak Global Partners CEO Paul Atkins”
Ginni Rometty — Chairwoman, president, and CEO of IBM “Rometty was assigned to leading the the discussion on tax and trade, along with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi. She is also a member of Trump’s tech council.”
Larry Fink — Chairman and CEO of BlackRock “Fink led the discussion on infrastructure, along with Global Infrastructure Partners chairman Adebayo Ogunlesi. At Davos, Fink said that he expects tension between Trump and the Federal Reserve and that the administration would need to carefully navigate relationships with Japan and China, the country’s two biggest lenders. One day ahead of Friday’s business council meeting, Fink sent a memo to BlackRock staff calling for a recommitment to maintaining strong relationships with teams overseas and developing a diverse organization, during an “uncertain” and “uneasy” retreat from globalization.”
Adebayo Ogunlesi — Chairman and managing partner at Global Infrastructure Partners“Ogunlesi led the discussion on infrastructure, along with BlackRock CEO Larry Fink. The Nigerian billionaire investor has not commented publicly on his work with the Trump administration.”
Jack Welch — Former chairman and CEO of General Electric
Rich Lesser — President and CEO of the Boston Consulting Group Rich Lesser – BCG ‘An Opportunity To Have a Voice at the Table’Rich Lesser, 54, is the CEO of the Boston Consulting Group and a member of Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. “Your former senior adviser Ron Nicol advises the transition team, helping the Trump government. BCG also advises a nongovernmental organization that works for Trump’s transition team. “May I share some context? We started supporting the Partnership for Public Service, the NGO you mentioned, in 2011, before the prior election.” Spiegel Online
Jim McNerney — Former president and CEO of Boeing “McNerney, the former head of Boeing, has not spoken recently in public about his views on the Trump administration, but last March he told CNBC that he found Trump’s rhetoric around trade to be “very dangerous.”
Toby Cosgrove — President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic “Politico reported that Cosgrove, a Vietnam War veteran, was Trump’s pick for Veterans Affairs secretary”
Kevin Warsh — Distinguished visiting fellow in economics at the Hoover Institute and former governor of the Federal Reserve System “Warsh was the Federal Reserve’s Wall Street liaison during and after the 2008 financial crisis. He is seen as one of Trump’s potential picks to fill a Fed governor slot, according to Politico.”
Daniel Yergin — Pulitzer Prize-winning author and vice chairman of IHS Markit “Yergin, an expert on energy, told Bloomberg after Trump’s election that he expected the president to reverse the progress of regulation, and that global trade needs the most concern and focus within Trump’s first 100 days.”
WITHDREW June 1, 2017, Elon Musk — CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla Inc., chairman of Solar City, co-chairman of OpenAI-” Business Insider
WITHDREW– June 1, 2017 “A few hours later, Disney chief Bob Igerfollowed suit, tweeting, “As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the president’s council over the Paris Agreement withdrawal.” Forbes
“CEO Bob Iger—who helped organize a fundraiser for Clinton—highlighted Trump’s promise to lower the corporate tax rate. “That’s obviously a good thing,” he said, noting that it was now “likely to be addressed sooner rather than later.” Trump has only released the sketchiest details of a plan, which calls for a reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. Last year, Disney paid $5.1 billion in taxes, at an effective rate of 34.2 percent. Trump’s proposed tax cuts would have allowed Disney to pocket nearly $3 billion more in profits.
Iger sits on Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a business roundtable formed last December that has become a flashpoint for Trump critics, who argue that by participating, companies are implicitly endorsing the administration. In February, facing a consumer revolt, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from the council. But two other California members remain—Iger and Tesla’s Elon Musk—and each now faces mounting pressure to step down.” Capital and Main
Donald And The C-Suite: The CEOs Still Serving On Trump’s Advisory Councils FORBES
WITHDREW: Travis Kalanick – Uber February 2, 2017 after Travel Ban The Guardian
WITHDREW: Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup CEO: Company said, “We are aware of the potential risks to the food system posed by climate change and continue to support the goals of the Paris Agreement. Despite the decision by the Trump Administration to exit, Campbell will continue to take action to address climate change.”
RESIGNED AUGUST 14, 2017 AFTER “UNITE THE RIGHT” Kevin Plank – Under Armour CEO : “I believe in keeping one’s word and doing everything possible to execute on our commitments. We at Under Armour are disappointed by the Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement as climate change continues to threaten our planet, our cities and our economies.” FORBES “I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport. – CEO Kevin Plank” on Twitter Zero Hedge
Dissolved after Trump failed to condemn White Supremacist violence in Charlottesville
American Manufacturing Council / Manufacturing Jobs Initiative
Bill Brown – Harris Corp
Michael Dell – Dell Computers
Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical CEO: “[With] all the trends going on in the world generationally, we’ve got to invest in putting less carbon out into the atmosphere, and I think the United States is at the lead. So leaders don’t leave tables, leaders stay. And that’s the part that I’m disappointed at.”
RESIGNED AUGUST 14, 2017 Brian Krzanich – Intel CEO Global Director of Environment and Energy Policy “The CEO of computer chip maker Intel is resigning from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, bemoaning “the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues.” Brian Krzanich’s resignation comes after Saturday’s violent confrontation between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump initially bemoaned violence on “many sides,” though on Monday he described members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “criminals and thugs.” Chron “Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was the third businessman to quit the presidential panel Monday. He warned of the impact the nation’s tumultuous political climate will have on manufacturing.”NY Daily News
Rich Kyle – The Timken Company
Thea Lee – AFL-DIO
Mario Longhi – US Steel, Former CEO
Denise Morrison – Campbell Soup
Dennis Muilenburg – Boeing
Doug Oberhelman – Caterpiller
Scott Paul – Alliance for American Man
Michael Polk – Newell Brands
Mark Sutton – International Paper
Inge Thulin – 3M
Richard Tumka – AFL-CIO
Wendell Weeks – Corning
RESIGNED AUGUST 14, 2017 AFTER “UNITE THE RIGHT”: Merck Kenneth C. Frazier, one of the few African American CEOs in the Fortune 500…The chief executive of Merck said Monday in a tweet that he was resigning from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, saying he was doing so “as CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience” and that “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.” Within an hour after the statement was first issued, Trump tweeted his response. “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!” Washington Post
What Is Vitézi Rend, The Ally Of The Nazis That Sebastian Gorka ‘Joined’ Fast Forward March 16, 2017 By Lily Bayer and Larry Cohler-Esses “The group’s mission emphasized not only loyalty to Hungary and nationalist ideas, but also an ideology of racial superiority. One of the original aims of the Vitézi Rend was to “ensure such might to the Hungarian race, which with tremendous power strikes every subversive state and anti-national movement,” [Admiral Miklos] Horthy said in a speech to new members in 1921. The Quisling group to which Gorka, 46, purportedly belongs is a reconstitution of the original group on the State Department list, which was banned in Hungary until the fall of Communism in 1989.”
“Former Breitbart writer/ Seb Gorka’s wife Katherine Gorka is leaving her position aspress secretary for Customs and Border Protection, just about two months to the day after her appointment – administration sources” @ahauslohner Abigail Hauslohner 9:59 AM · Aug 20, 2019
Trump and Bannon ‘Personally Intervened’ to Save Seb Gorka The Daily Beast May 5, 2017 “Gorka and Bannon are close. They worked together at Breitbart News—the far-right Trump-boosting outlet that Bannon once ran as a “dictator,” according to former employees—where Gorka served as national security editor even as he was also a paid consultant for the Trump campaign.”
Sebastian Gorka accidentally included a Jezebel writer in a White House emailApril 6, 2017 Death And Taxes: The Jezebel writer stated: “He’s clearly sensitive… about any indication that he’s not honest about his résumé. But Gorka’s refusal to provide comment on basic matters of public interest like what he was doing in the army only raises doubts. I had the same experience previously, when I asked about his describing himself as an expert witness in the Boston bombing case, despite not having testified, and when I contacted the White House to ask about his being detained for carrying ammunition through an airport in 2004. The first time, neither Gorka nor the White House ever responded to my inquiries; the second, Gorka accidentally included me in a reply-all email, instructing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer not to comment.”
“The Strategic Initiatives Group is run by assistant to the president Christopher Liddell, and includes deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka, who has worked closely with Bannon while writing for Breitbart, the website he used to run. Gorka is a controversial character himself, author of a book, Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, that argues the enemy is not, as the Obama administration saw it, “violent extremism,” but instead “the global jihadi movement, a modern totalitarian ideology rooted in the doctrines and martial history of Islam,” according to promotional material for the book. Gorka also faced a criminal charge for trying to take a gun through airport security, according to The Wall Street Journal. The White House could not be immediately reached for comment on the status of the case.
Sebastian Gorka Likely to Be Out of White House Role, Officials Say NY Times“Mr. Gorka, a former editor at Breitbart News, a right-wing website, is a friend of Stephen K. Bannon, the onetime Breitbart chairman who is now Mr. Trump’s chief strategist. Mr. Gorka memorably declared that “the alpha males are back” as an assertion of the distance between the Obama administration and the current one. He has been accused of having links to far-right groups in Europe, and critics of his hard-line views on Islam have accused him of Islamophobia. Mr. Gorka, a vocal defender of the administration’s efforts to temporarily ban travel from some predominantly Muslim countries, has said violence is a fundamental part of Islam and emanates from the language of the Quran. He rejects scholars’ assessment that Islamic militancy is an outgrowth of poverty, poor governance and war.”
“We are at war with global jihadism,” he said. “The fact is, we know that ISIS has declared in English, in its publications, in its videos, ‘We will use the refugee streams and mass migrations to insert our jihadis into your cultures,’” he said, explaining the weekend executive order as a necessary evil to protect Americans from ISIS infiltration. ” The Daily Beast January 31, 2017
“Two senior administration officials said Trump and Bannon had shot down an attempt to eject Gorka from his government job, even after dozens of congress members called for his firing after video surfaced of Gorka endorsing radical nationalist group Jobbik’s violent, anti-Semitic Hungarian Guard militia.
There was pressure on the administration to do something about Gorka, a dubiously qualified counterterrorism official, after he had worn a pin associated with World War II-era Nazi collaborators to inaugural festivities.
Gorka’s views on Islam have also been widely characterized as extreme. He refused to admit it is a religion in several recent interviews, suggesting an affinity with the fringe, far-right belief Islam is not a religion at all but a totalitarian ideology.” MIC.com
“The U.K.’s defense ministry is pushing back on claims made by White House adviser Sebastian Gorka regarding his military record with the Territorial Army, the country’s reserves, as a language specialist. Gorka, who is Hungarian born, has claimed in the past that his reserve unit was charged to prevent terror attacks, and that he worked in Northern Ireland—both of which were questioned by the U.K.’s defense ministry, according to BuzzFeed News. The website also reported that these doubts about Gorka’s military record contributed to his security clearance to work in the Hungarian Parliament being denied. The ministry concluded that it would be highly unlikely.” The Daily Beast May 2, 2017
Ivanka Trump– Jared Kushner’s Wife. Based on behavioral and circumstantial evidence, the Italian-Russian mob princess and Jewish mob prince want to inherit and control the world with their friends, please decide for yourself. The Trump administration’s every move has favored Putin’s long-range plan to weaken the US in every way it can and further the deep international mob corruption. Ivanka and her brothers were on their way to jail under Cy Vance in 2014 at SDNY, but there was a payoff.
Deutsche Bank and Mazars CPA cases at SDNY are under Cy Vance, but this time the Trump Organization financials will be released to the Court. In 2008, Trump Defaulted on a Deutsche Bank loan, so Jared Kushner recommended his private banker Rosemary Vrablic, whose boss was William Broeksmit. Broeksmit was Ukraine-born and committed suicide by hanging in 2014, leading his son to discover documents, work with the FBI, and write the book Dark Towers (Harper Collins). Interview with Dark Towers author David Enrich: Narativ Live with Zev Shalev: The Truth About Trump and Deutsche Bank Part 1Part2
2012 Doral Resort in Miami- $100 million Deutsche Bank loan
2015 Washington, DC, Old Post Office Hotel conversion – $170 million
Without a properly conducted Security Clearance, Kushner runs shadow foreign policy with friendly dictators and mobsters. That’s because he knows them all on a personal basis. That should tell you something right there:
Michael Flynnadviser to IP3 2015-2016, informed business partners about future meetings with Putin and Saudi Crown Prince MBS & offered to use the contacts to further IP3 Judge Sullivan: [Flynn] “sold out your country.” Unmasking requests to the NSA began November 30, 2016 by Samantha Power, US Amb. to the UN. Flynn worked with Trump’s adviser friend Tom Barrack, under investigation in the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn):
As Donald J. Trump was preparing to deliver an address on energy policy in May 2016, Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman, had a question about the speech’s contents for Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a top campaign fund-raiser and close friend of Mr. Trump.
“Are you running this by our friends?” Mr. Manafort asked in a previously undisclosed email to Mr. Barrack, whose real estate and investment firm does extensive business in the Middle East. Mr. Barrack was, in fact, coordinating the language in a draft of the speech with Persian Gulf contacts including Rashid al-Malik, an Emirati businessman who is close to the rulers of the United Arab Emirates [MBZ].
Tom Barrack-(Lebanese son of Culver City, CA grocer) Colony Capitalrec’d. $1.5 billion incl. $474 million from sovereign wealth funds from theSaudis and UAEout of $7 billion total that Colony raised, under investigation in the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn); Kushner blocked Barrack from becoming a special Middle East envoy & super ambassador to Central and South America;Longtime Trump Friend Under The Microscope For Mideast Ties, Inauguration Role NPRFebruary 21, 2019 Scott Horsley; Barrack Chairman of Inaugural Committee; Confidential Memo: Company of Trump Inauguration Chair Sought to Profit From Connections to Administration, Foreigners The memo outlines how Colony, the company founded by Tom Barrack, an investor who chaired the inaugural, aimed to exploit its connections to Donald Trump. Federal prosecutors are conducting a wide-ranging probe into the nonprofit that ran the inaugural. by Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC February 5, 2019
ABC News reviewed documents of theInaugural Committeethat spent $104 million of the $107 million raised, more than $1.5 million at the DC Post Office-Trump International Hotel during the Transition: $130,000 for customized seat cushions at 2 dinners, $10,000 to provide makeupto the servers, $2.7 million for a Frank Sinatra rendition of “New York, New York” with Trump pal Steve Wynn’s Las Vegas showgirls, $26 million to Melania Trump‘s California event planner friend, Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff, WIS Media Partners, $1.62 million personal commission (Obama’s 2009 inauguration, which spent about $51 million of the $53.2 million raised; Trump also donated $5 million to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Smithsonian Institute, etc.)-MORE
Lev Leviev-Long-time friends with the Israeli Diamond mogul, financier of Chabad and illegal Israeli West Bank settlements with the Kushners, both friends with Benjamin Netanyahu, daughter sold part of the former NY Times building to Kushner and is friends with Ivanka Trump
Deutsche Bank–Jared Kushner recommended his family’s private banker, Rosemary Vrablic, for Trump when he was desperate
Kushner Middle East Peace Plan – United front between N Africa against Iran-Turkish power alliance bordering Southern former Soviet Bloc-(The “-Stans”) Middle East EyeMarch 19, 2018 “Nader said this group of states could become a force in the region “that the US government could depend on” to counter the influence of Turkey and Iran, according to two sources briefed on the meeting. Nader brought togetherMohammed bin Salman, who was then deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia; Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi; Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, president of Egypt; Prince Salman, crown prince of Bahrain; and King Abdullah of Jordan onto the yacht. Their respective states, plus Libya which was not represented at the secret summit, would form the nucleus of pro-US and pro-Israeli states.”
Strategic Adviser to Trump, Strategic Initiatives Group, White House Office of American Innovation, Son-In-Law, Real Estate heir
Significant business associates include Beny Steinmentz, Steve Roth of Vornado Realty Trust
While he is being investigated, the long-term effects of Jared Kushner’s presence have yet to be seen. One of the big ones is his relationship to the Sinclair-Tribune merger, which is now delivering biased “must run” news into 72% of US households. In December 2016, Kushner gave Sinclair special access.
“Wendi Deng Murdoch, the ex-wife of Rupert Murdoch, first introduced Zhukova to Ivanka Trump a decade ago. Then in 2010, Thrive Capital, the venture firm founded by Joshua Kushner, which included funds from older brother Jared, invested in Artsy, an online platform for art discovery and collecting, and brought in Wendi Murdoch and Zhukova as co-investors.”
“Congressional Democrats from Maryland are asking for thousands of pages of documents to review the business practices of the apartment rental company owned by Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump.
In a letter Friday, Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Anthony Brown told Kushner’s firm that it must abide by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations because its tenants receive federal rental subsidies through the Housing Choice voucher program.
The Kushner Cos. own 17 apartment complexes in Maryland, most of them in Baltimore County. The lawmakers, who represent areas with Kushner properties, want documents that detail the New York-based company’s voucher contracts with HUD, inspection reports, lawsuits filed by the firm against former tenants and information about any potential conflicts of interest for Kushner.
The Baltimore Sun posted a story online this week detailing the firm’s legal efforts to collect unpaid rent from former tenants, including requesting body attachments, the controversial practice in which judges order the arrest of civil defendants for allegedly failing to appear in court.
The Sun has reported that the Kushner Cos. have filed more than 1,200 civil actions against former tenants in Maryland for unpaid debts, actions that have included requests to have renters arrested.
The Sun has reported that three of the company’s 17 apartment complexes in Maryland have received $6.1 million in HUD Housing Choice voucher payments on behalf of 268 tenants. The White House told the Sun in February that Kushner would not participate in any policy decisions related to the voucher program to avoid the potential for conflicts of interest.
The lawmakers cite The Sun’s reporting and a magazine article by The New York Times and ProPublica that alleged substandard living conditions in Kushner properties.
“If these reports are accurate, they raise very serious and troubling concerns about whether Kushner Companies and its subsidiaries are complying with HUD’s housing quality standards to ensure the safety and health of their own tenants,” they write.
Kushner met at Trump Tower with Russian attorney on June 9, 2016, right after Trump won the Republican nomination, accompanied by Campaign Manager Paul Manafort and Donald Trump, Jr., who called the meeting. Trump, Jr. admitted to the New York Times the purpose was to get compromising information on Clinton from the Russian source.
While his father-in-law has been filed suit for violations of Emoluments Clauses by DC and MD, and Kushner has been officially under investigation for Russian connections since May 2017, Kushner’s financial savior of the 666 Fifth Ave. $1.8 Billion vanity over-bid, Steve Roth of Vornado Realty Trust, is one of the finalists in the $1.7 Billion construction of a new FBI headquarters.
“Virginia Congressman Gerald Connolly said the White House ties to Vornado [Realty Trust] create a conflict of interest. Since Trump hasn’t divested from his company, “that shifts the ethical burden to his business partners,” Connolly said. “We’re in a position where once again he shrugged off his responsibilities and sloughed it off to someone else.” Connolly, who represents an area in Virginia vying for the new headquarters, called on Vornado to drop out of the bidding. “Vornado is run by Steven Roth, who has been advising Donald Trump on his plans to revamp the nation’s infrastructure. He also is consulting with the White House Office of American Innovation, which is being led by Kushner. Steven Schooner, a professor of government procurement law at George Washington University, said the relationship between Vornado and the White House makes any government deal with the real estate company suspect. “This would absolutely pose an apparent, and, potentially, an actual conflict of interest,” Schooner said in an email. “I cannot imagine any modern-era precedent for the president (and his advisor and son-in-law) not recognizing that this is a problem and shutting this down before it gets any worse.” Chicago Tribune
$1.2 Billion Mortgage Due February 2019 on 666 Fifth Ave, NYC
Kushner’s White House role ‘crushed’ efforts to woo investors for NYC tower“Today, 666 Fifth Avenue appears to be the most troubled of the projects Kushner left behind for his family to manage. With one-fourth of its offices empty, lease revenue does not cover monthly interest payments, according to lending documents. A $1.2 billion mortgage, with escalating interest rates, comes due in 18 months. A ratings agency has classified a $115 million portion of the loan as “troubled,” and company officials decline to say whether it will be fully repaid.” Washington Post September 13, 2017
“Qatar is facing an ongoing blockade led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and joined by Egypt and Bahrain, which President Trump has taken credit for sparking. Kushner, meanwhile, has reportedly played a key behind-the-scenes role in hardening the U.S. posture toward the embattled nation.
That hard line comes in the wake of the previously unreported half-billion-dollar deal that was never consummated. Throughout 2015 and 2016, Jared Kushner and his father, Charles, negotiated directly with a major investor in Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, known as HBJ for short, in an effort to refinance the property on Fifth Avenue, the sources said.
Trump himself has unsuccessfully sought financing in recent years from the Qataris, but it is difficult to overstate just how important the investment at 666 Fifth Avenue is for Kushner, his company, and his family’s legacy in real estate. Without some outside intervention or unforeseen turnaround in the market, the investment could become an embarrassing half-billion-dollar loss. It’s unclear precisely how much peril such a loss would put Jared’s or his family’s finances in, given the opacity of their private holdings.
HBJ, a former prime minister of Qatar who ran the country’s $250 billion sovereign wealth fund, is a billionaire and one of the world’s richest men. He owns a yacht worth $300 million called Al Mirqab, the same name he gave to the private investment firm that Kushner pitched. The former emir of Qatar summed up HBJ’s power with a quip: “I may run this country, but he owns it.”
HBJ ultimately agreed to invest at least $500 million through Al Mirqab, on the condition that Kushner Companies could raise the rest of a multibillion refinancing elsewhere.” The Intercept
Beny Steinmentz, BSG Resources
Detained 12/2016 & 8/14/17
Brother & Father of Kushner Real Estate Co-Developer
Israeli Diamond, Mining, Real Estate Magnate: Money Laundering, Bribery, Obstruction of Justice, etc. blames Soros
August 14, 2017:Israeli Billionaire Beny Steinmetz Detained in InvestigationNY Times “investigation into money laundering, obstruction of justice and bribery…an Israeli diamonds, mining and real estate magnate, is already under scrutiny by law enforcement authorities in Switzerland, Guinea, He was previously detained and questioned in Israel in December. Since 2013, the United States Justice Department has been investigating Mr. Steinmetz’s company, BSG Resources, over potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Guinean government has claimed that BSG Resources obtained an iron ore mining concession by paying more than $8 million in cash through a representative to the then-wife of the country’s president.
Israeli investigation appears to be more expansive, based on an official statement that said that authorities were investigating “a number of people on suspicion that they acted systematically together with the main suspect in order to create and present fictitious contracts and deals, among other things in thefield of real estate in a foreign country, for the purpose of transferring funds and money laundering.”
Mr. Steinmetz is also under indictment in Romania, as part of a broad investigation into money laundering and real estate there.
In April, The New York Times reported that a firm that claimed to invest money for Mr. Steinmetz’s brother and longtime business partner, Daniel, along with his son Raz, had partnered with Kushner Companies, the family real estate firm of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser, on dozens of apartment buildings around Manhattan and Jersey City.
The Kushner Companies said its deals were with Beny Steinmetz’s nephew Raz, and not with Beny Steinmetz.
On Monday, Beny Steinmetz gave a statement in court. “This is how totalitarian states behave,” Israeli media reported him as saying. “This is like a dictatorship that decides and marks people.”
As he has done previously, he blamed his multinational legal issues on the billionaire hedge fund titan George Soros, who he has said directed a smear campaign against him and his companies. In April, two of his firms sued Mr. Soros in Federal District Court in Manhattan.
Mr. Steinmetz was detained along with four others, including Tal Silberstein, a political consultant who has worked for Ehud Barak, former Israeli prime minister, and other Israeli leaders. Israeli media reported that David Granot, the chief executive of Bezeq, a telecommunications company, was also questioned.
Police officials said their investigation was being conducted with international cooperation and said each of those involved was suspected of different violations. Some of their homes and offices were searched Monday morning, officials said.
“As far as we understand, at issue are questions about events that occurred in 2011. Now, it is 2017,” he said, adding that his client denied all the accusations against him.”
President Trump’s son-in-law, a top adviser, had help building a real estate empire from a member of one of Israel’s wealthiest families. By JESSE DRUCKER
“It was the summer of 2012, and Jared Kushner was headed downtown. His family’s real estate firm, the Kushner Companies, would spend about $190 million over the next few months on dozens of apartment buildings in tony Lower Manhattan neighborhoods including the East Village, the West Village and SoHo. For much of the roughly $50 million in down payments, Mr. Kushner turned to an undisclosed overseas partner. Public records and shell companies shield the investor’s identity. But, it turns out, the money came from a member of Israel’s Steinmetz family, which built a fortune as one of the world’s leading diamond traders.“
“The data leak from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca has shed light on who was behind the cover up of a majorly corrupt Guinean miningdeal. Between 2008 and 2009, the the Beny Steinmetz Group Resources (BSGR) empire’s namesake, Beny Steinmetz, acquired rights to mine the northern portion of Simandou, a mine located in the far interior of Guinea, at the bargain price of just $165 million. Soon after, he sold 51% of the rights to Vale for a whopping $2.5 billion. Read the full response from Mossack Fonseca here
Steinmetz let slip in a rare 2012 interview with the Financial Times that sometimes, “you have to get your hands dirty” – a comment made in the context of aggressive business strategies, not corruption. But the article also quoted Guinea’s Mines Minister Mohamed Lamine Fofana as saying BSGR “didn’t follow the law”.”
Jared Kushner is called “The Secretary of Everything”: Strategic Initiatives Group, White House Innovations Director, Key Contact for 24 countries, Peace negotiator for Israelis and Palestinians, liaison to China, the Muslim community and the Senate Judiciary Committee on criminal justice. Resigned from over 200 family-run business positions because of conflicts but still benefits. As MidEast Peace Negotiator, a $5 million unsecured line of credit from Israel Discount Bank is also a conflict.IBTimes
White House Office of American Innovation: “Chris Liddell, a former chief financial officer of both Microsoft and General Motors; Reed Cordish, a former Baltimore real estate developer; and Matt Lira, a veteran Capitol Hill staffer. Liddell and Cordish share a West Wing office. ...[Kushner’s] credited with successfully overhauling the Trump campaign’s theretofore wobbly data and digital operation.” Politico
Founding Editor of Gawker, Editor NY Observer: “My response to a right-wing blogger who called me a kook and a loser for stating that Donald Trump is a liar / water is wet: pic.twitter.com/pAp18w2x3W “Let me tell you a story, Doug: my opinion about Trump is formed by, among other things, actual real-life interaction the family and having covered the business he’s in, where he was such a notorious liar that a friend of his once said of him, “he’d lie to you about what time of day it is, just for he practice.” And that was a FRIEND. So when I was the editor of the New York Observer and Jared Kushner and I were going back and forth about how the paper should cover him. I told Jared that I was particularly appalled by his father-in-law’s birtherism stance, which I viewed as cynical and racist. He rolled his eyes and said, “he doesn’t really believe it, Elizabeth. He just knows Republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it.” And sadly, he was apparently right. But let’s be clear: he was talking about you, Doug. Trump did not con Democrats; he conned–and is still conning–his base. So you have every right to your gullibility and I won’t try to deprive you of it, but personally, I’ld rather know what the hell is going on.”— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) May 28, 2017GQ
May 25, 2017 DNC calls for suspension of Kushner’s security clearance amid FBI scrutiny The Hill
Democrat Cory Booker, NJ, doesn’t support suspension of Kushner security , while having takes $61,000+ from Kushner dating to 2009 and attended his wedding to Ivanka. “Booker also pushed back against those calling for Trump’s impeachment, saying, “I’m not going to rush to impeachment.” IBTimes
May 26, 2017: Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin Washington Post “Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications. The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.”
NPR’s All Things Considered May 26, 2017
Seth Abramson’s Explanation of Kushner’s Unreported Meetings
(THREAD) We don’t know if Kushner’s Senate letter is true, or if he’ll revise it repeatedly like his SF-86. But here’s what’s wrong with it. pic.twitter.com/HbV9Otardb
Matthew Tyrmand,Project Veritas board, “thirty-five-year-old Polish-American investor who is an informal adviser to Poland’s right-wing nationalist government as well as a contributing writer at Breitbart, the conservative news site. As street protests have sprung up in Poland, Tyrmand has repeatedly suggested online that Soros is stoking the unrest. On the Web site of the Polonia Institute, a nonprofit that promotes Polish culture, he wrote that the “recent protest movement” was “rumored to be funded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations” in order to “undermine and destabilize the new government.” The New Yorker. Matthew Tyrmand, an adviser to a senator from Poland’s anti-immigration ruling Law and Justice partyThe Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism The New York Times Jo Becker August 10, 2019
Bannon arrested on August 20, 2020, taken into custody by the US Postal Investigation
December 17, 2018, Brian Kolfage launched “We the People Build the Wall” and raised $17,000,000 in the first week. Notified that he needed a legitimate non-profit to transfer the funds to, so Bannon and Baldato’s Section 501(c)(4) non-profit took over the effort and then created a new Section 501(c)(4) called “We Build The Wall Inc.” After January 11, 2019, donors had to “opt-in” after the fact so that $20,000,000 already raised was authorized to go into WBTW Inc. Around October 2019, they learned from a financial institution that they may be under federal investigation and started using encrypted messaging apps and added a website statement about Kolfage receiving a salary starting in January 2020.
Leaders Of ‘We Build The Wall’ Online Fundraising Campaign Charged With Defrauding Hundreds Of Thousands Of DonorsBrian Kolfage, Stephen Bannon, and Two Others Alleged to Have Funneled Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars From the Organization to Kolfage; All Four Defendants Allegedly Profited From Their Roles in the Scheme “raised more than $25 million…under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction. While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle. As alleged, not only did they lie to donors, they schemed to hide their misappropriation of funds by creating sham invoices and accounts to launder donations and cover up their crimes, showing no regard for the law or the truth. This case should serve as a warning to other fraudsters that no one is above the law, not even a disabled war veteran or a millionaire political strategist.” Brian Kolfage: $350,000, Stephen Bannon: over $1 million including hundreds of thousands in personal expenses, hidden through Shea’s shell LLC incorporated April 2019. Sealed Indictment 20cr412
SDNY’s Public Corruption Unit. Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Philip R. Bartlett, Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the United States Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”)- USA v. Brian Kolfage, Stephen Bannon, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea, Sealed Indictment 20cr412 Each charged with one count of Conspiracy to commit wire fraud-Title 18, USC Section 1343, Title 18, USC, Section 1349 & one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering-Title 18, USC Sections 1956(a)(1)(B)(i) and 1957(a). Assistant United States Attorneys Nicolas Roos, Alison G. Moe, and Robert B. Sobelmanare in charge of the prosecution. Forfeiture: Title 18 USC Section981(a)(1)(C) & Title 28 USC Section 2461(c): FirstBank, Capital One WBTW Inc accounts, Citizens of the American RepublicWells Fargo acct., Ranch Property Marketing & Management LLCUS Bank acct., Freedom Daily LLCWells Fargo, America First Medical LLCBank First & Capital One accts., White Knights & Vultures LLCSunTrust acct., 2019 Jupiter Marine boat named “Warfighter“, 2018 Land Rover
Badolato, a 1982 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High in Sarasota, has never been charged with a crime, nor has he been the subject of any “regulatory body investigation, proceeding or hearing,” according to a letter from his attorney, Wil Florin.” Badolato took a $12,500 loan in September 2008 from Gambino crime family associate Luis Caputo of Sarasota, and Badolato helped as a witness to his arrest.
Bannon used Badolato’s 3108 Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL, address on his August 22, 2016 voter registration while CEO of the Trump Campaign. “Richard Painter, chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush from 2005-2007 and currently a professor at the University of Minnesota, said Bannon’s recurring 13-year relationship with Badolato should have precluded him from becoming a powerful senior White House advisor with unlimited access and undeniable influence.
Bannon on Biography.com: “After graduating in 1976 he moved on to the Navy, serving as an auxiliary engineer and a navigator. He later became a special assistant to the chief of naval operations at the Pentagon and earned his master’s degree in national security studies through nighttime classes at Georgetown University.
Finance and Entertainment Success
Bannon graduated from Harvard Business School in 1985, and then became a mergers and acquisitions banker with Goldman Sachs. In 1990, he founded Bannon & Co., a boutique investment bank that specialized in media. He soon brokered a deal that landed him an ownership stake in a then little-known TV program called Seinfeld, which eventually generated massive profits through syndication.
After selling his company in 1998, Bannon became a partner in an entertainment production and management company called The Firm. He also devoted more time to his own creative interests, adapting a book about Ronald Reagan into a 2004 biopic called In the Face of Evil.”
China and the Alt-Right: Learned to conjure hate and reflexively control young men on World Of Warcraft multiplayer online video game platform, running an Intellectual Property scam from Hong Kong.
Brock Pierce, Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation (2012), child actor, and Alan Debonneville started Internet Gaming Entertainment in 2001 with reports of a silent investor, convicted child sex offender Marc Collins-Rector that founded Digital Entertainment Network with 17-year old Pierce and Chad Shackley (Marc met 15 yr-old Chad) that operated from Death Row Records’ Suge Knight’s former Encino mansion & hosted gay parties with Hollywood elite (David Geffen, manager Sandy Gallin, NBC pres. Garth Ancier, Bryan Singer-#MeToo) where sexual abuse took place RadarOnline 2007. Marc, Chad, and Pierce(charges dropped) fled to Marbella, Spain, where they were arrested by Interpol in May 2002. Collins-Rector founded early internet & telecom companies (2014 film An Open Secret) and disappeared after receiving brain tumor treatment in the UK going under the names Mark Collins and Morgan Von Phoenix after renouncing US citizenship. Brock Pierce filed as an Independent Presidential Candidate. How Child Star-Turned-Millionaire Brock Pierce Spent the Years Between Hollywood & Presidential Bid People Sean Neumann July 30, 2020; July 7, 2020, endorsed by Theranos & initial Baidu investor, and BitCoin advocate Tim Draper.
According to The Guardian, Robert Mercer—the billionaire hedge-fund manager and Trump supporter who until recently held a majority stake in Breitbart (he announced last week that he would transfer that stake to his children)—created a network of offshore accounts in Bermuda to fund the Mercer Family Foundation, which dumps money into conservative causes. The foundation reportedly draws its money from “feeder funds”—offshoots of the main hedge fund Renaissance Technologies—registered to Bermuda law firm Appleby. (A similar system was set up to manage the retirement accounts of Renaissance employees.) The Mercers then sold off their Bermuda investments to finance the foundation, avoiding the up-to-39-percent U.S. tax rate normally levied on nonprofits funded by investments financed through debt. “This is simple, but ingenious,” an investment adviser told the Guardian. ‘You take retirement plans or foundations, you invest them in a hedge fund, and even if the value rises 100 percent, you can sell off the investments with no tax consequences.'”
“During a spring meeting of Club for Growth donors at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Fla., the Mercers sought out [Andrew] Breitbart after watching him deliver a talk about how to co-opt the political strategies used by liberals.”
Mercer Investments and Stephen K. Bannon Business Ventures:
Cambridge Analytica Holdings, US Subsidiary of SCL Group, Former vice president and secretary of the board. Mercers are principal investors. Worked on 2016 Trump Campaign and the Ted Cruz Campaign for Mercer family PAC
Breitbart News, Mercers invested at least $10 million, Bannon Executive Chairman
Government Accountability Institute (GAI), Bannon co-founder and former Chairman, the Mercers invested at least $2 million in President Peter Schweitzer’s Clinton Cash, a film produced by-
Glittering Steel, Co-founded by Bannon and Rebekah Mercer, it is the political advertisement and film production company of “Clinton Cash” (2016) and “Torchbearer” (2016) Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson on absurdity of life without God.
Reclaim New York-Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer co-founded the neighborhood watch training program, Bannon was Vice-Chairman.
New Evidence Emerges of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica’s Role in Brexit The New Yorker By Jane Mayer November 17, 2018 “Emma Briant, an academic expert on disinformation at George Washington University, has unearthed new e-mails that appear to reveal the earliest documented role played by Bannon in Brexit. The e-mails, which date back to October of 2015, show that Bannon, who was then the vice-president of Cambridge Analytica, an American firm largely owned by the U.S. hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, was in the loop on discussions taking place at the time between his company and the leaders of Leave.EU, a far-right nationalist organization. The following month, Leave.EU publicly launched a campaign aimed at convincing British voters to support a referendum in favor of exiting the European Union…Damian Collins:”There’s a big question about whether Mercer’s money was used in the Brexit campaign and it absolutely underscores why Britain needs a proper Mueller-style investigation.” Emma Briant: “this evidence shows that Banks was seeking foreign funding for Brexit from the very beginning.”The New Yorker
Steve Bannon’s next moves will be all about the billionaire Mercer family. I’m told Bannon, who visited New York this week, met with Bob Mercer and together they will be a well-funded force on the outside.
Bannon has felt liberated since it became clear he was being pushed out, according to friends. He’s told associates he has a “killing machine” in Breitbart News, and it’s possible he returns to lead their editorial operation.
A source familiar with Breitbart’s operations told me they would go “thermonuclear” against “globalists” that Bannon and his friends believe are ruining the Trump administration, and by extension, America.
Watch for Breitbart’s Washington Editor Matt Boyle to be a central figure in this war — which has already begun — against White House officials like HR McMaster, Dina Powell, Gary Cohn, and Jared and Ivanka.
Bannon’s billionaire meeting to plot a path forward Axios “Bob Mercer and Steve Bannon had a five hour meeting Wednesday to plot out next steps, said a source with knowledge of the meeting. They plotted strategy going forward — both political and media strategy. The meeting was at Mercer’s estate on Long Island. Mercer had dinner the next night at Bedminster with President Trump and a small group of donors. The source said Mercer and Bannon “remain strong supporters of President Trump’s and his agenda.”
The day after the tragic “Unite The Right” Rally in Charlottesville, VA: Trump advisers signal the knives are out for Bannon Sun August 13, 2017 Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN) “The comments come as a source inside the White House tells CNN that White House chief of staff John Kelly has soured on Bannon, a political operative with deep ties to the ‘alt-right’ and the former head of the conservative news site Breitbart. Bannon is seen as pursuing his own agenda, which does not fit mesh with the power structure Kelly is putting in place, the source added. A second source told CNN on Saturday that it’s not only Kelly and Bannon whose relationship is on the rocks, it is also Bannon and the President….His job was on the line in April, according to a source close to the White House, after Trump grew frustrated with his inability to cooperate and work with others. The chilling came as Bannon fought with Jared Kushner, a top Trump aide and the President’s son-in-law. “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late,” Trump told the New York Post in April.” CNN
The Following PBS Video, “Bannon’s War“, is an excellent introduction.
The book, “The Fourth Turning,” a 1997 work by two amateur historians, Neil Howe and William Strauss, lays out a theory that American history unfurls in predictable, 80-year cycles of prosperity and catastrophe. And it foresees catastrophe right around the corner.
The book delineates history into four seasonal cycles, or “turnings”: growth, maturation, decay and destruction. It is the kind of wild, provocative idea that Mr. Bannon loves. But it is also just the kind of thinking that his opponents see as evidence that he is too Machiavellian and idiosyncratic for the job of President Trump’s chief strategist.
The basis of his worldview — which has been described as everything from Leninist to alt-right, an extremist fringe movement associated with white nationalism — is still shrouded in mystery and conjecture. But by his own telling, much of the foundation for his political beliefs can be found in the book, which predicts that America is hurtling toward a crisis on par with the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Great Depression.
And the grim future that the book foresees helps explain the underpinnings of the president’s conservative, nationalist “America First” agenda, one that Mr. Bannon has played a large role in shaping.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that the world is in the beginning state of a crisis that it can’t avoid,” Mr. Bannon said in a recent interview.” NY Times
The ‘Deconstruction of the Administrative State’
The Fourth Turning will trigger a political upheaval beyond anything Americans could today imagine. New civic authority will have to take root, quickly and firmly — which won’t be easy if the discredited rules and rituals of the old regime remain fully in place. We should shed and simplify the federal government in advance of the Crisis by cutting back sharply on its size and scope but without imperiling its core infrastructure.
The rhythmic, seasonal nature of history that the authors identify foresees an inevitable period of decay and destruction that will tear down existing social and political institutions. Mr. Bannon has famously argued that the overreaching and ineffective federal government — “the administrative state,” as he calls it — needs to be dismantled. And Mr. Trump, he said, has just begun the process.
As Mr. Howe said in an interview with The Times: “There has to be a period in which we tear down everything that is no longer functional. And if we don’t do that, it’s hard to ever renew anything. Forests need fires, and rivers need floods. These happen for a reason.” NY Times
“Bannon, Kushner, and Flynn have been working closely together for two years,” added another source who was part of the Trump transition, again speaking anonymously to discuss sensitive policy discussions”…Bannon and Kushner formed the Strategic Initiatives Group: “Less-charitable observers say the SIG is intended to be an alternative lodestar of power and influence to just possibly supersede the advice coming out of the traditional centers of influence like the National Security Council and the wider agencies of government.” January 31, 2017 Steve Bannon Builds A New Node Of Power In The Trump White House The Daily Beast
A week after inauguration, Bannon slipped an Executive Order in the stack, placing himself on the National Security Council without Trump’s understanding. On March 5, 2107, Trump removed him from the Principals Committee on the Council.
The Real News-Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon: An excellent introductory video to his business and personal history as his quest for power led him from Wall Street, to Hollywood and then the White House.
Cambridge Analytica, VP through August 2016, Mercer funded and is being investigated for Russiagate involvement. Serious data acquisition and analysis Cambridge provided psychometric micro-targeting of people on social media using the OCEAN method for Mercer-backed Ted Cruz‘s campaign. Wikipedia on Cambridge Analytica
Wealth: “He disclosed assets between $13 million and $56 million, including his influential political consultancy, Bannon Strategic Advisors Inc., worth as much as $25 million. Bannon also disclosed that he earned slightly less than $200,000 last year as executive director of Breitbart News Network LLC, before he resigned to join Trump’s campaign last August.” Associated Press
Henry Meyer, Bloomberg “The Russian ultra-nationalist dubbed “Putin‘s Rasputin” by Breitbart News when it was run by President Donald Trump‘s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has emerged as an unlikely foreign-policy fixer for the Kremlin. Alexander Dugin, whose bushy beard gives him a passing resemblance to the Siberian mystic who bewitched the last czar’s family, says he played a key but largely clandestine role in patching up Russia’s relations with Turkey, an account confirmed by a senior figure in Ankara. And with people he calls ideological allies now in the White House, Dugin says he’s bullish on better ties with the U.S., too.”
According to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, Bannon hoped to spy on Facebook’s job application process.
Joseph Bernstein.BuzzFeed. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/josephbernstein/steve-bannon-sought-to-infiltrate-facebook-hiring September 25, 2017
“The idea to infiltrate Facebook came to Bannon from Chris Gacek, a former congressional staffer who is now an official at the Family Research Council, which lobbies against abortion and many LGBT rights.“There is one for a DC-based ‘Public Policy Manager’ at Facebook’s What’s APP [sic] division,” Gacek, the senior fellow for regulatory affairs at the group, wrote on Aug. 1, 2016. “LinkedIn sent me a notice about some job openings.”
“This seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will report back to you / Milo with INTEL about the job application process over at FB,” he continued.
“Milo” is former Breitbart News Tech Editor Milo Yiannopoulos, to whom Bannon forwarded Gacek’s email the same day.
“Can u get on this,” Bannon instructed his staffer.
On the same email thread, Yiannopoulos forwarded Bannon’s request to a group of contracted researchers, one of whom responded that it “Seems dificult [sic] to do quietly without them becoming aware of efforts.”
Generation Zero (2010) Bannon shows his dark view of the future after the financial crisis and exhibits his belief in the change that occurs after the inevitable cataclysmic war to bring on the “Fourth Turning”
Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration (2006)